April 11, 2011
NINETY SIX, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina women’s golf team was well represented on Monday when the Big South Conference announced its annual postseason awards, as the Chanticleers featured the Big South Golfer of the Year, the Big South Freshman of the Year and the Big South Coach of the Year.
Chanticleer sophomore Jessica Alexander was tabbed as the Big South Golfer of the Year following a season that saw her turn in four top 5 finishes. The Riverview, Fla., native tied for fourth place at the Jacksonville University Labor Day Shootout (Sept. 6), finished in fourth place at the UCF Challenge (Feb. 15) and tied for fifth at both the Kinderlou Forest Challenge (March 1) and the Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate (March 14).
Alexander posted four rounds in the 60s and fired a career-low 66 in the first round of the UCF Challenge. She entered the Big South Championships with a shooting average of 74.89 per round.
Alexander becomes the third Chanticleer in school history to be named the Big South Golfer of the Year, joining Line Cordes (2005) and Aruka Felgueroso (2007, 2009, 2010). It’s also the third consecutive season that Coastal has featured the Big South Golfer of the Year.
In addition, Alexander was named to the Big South All-Conference Team for the second straight year.
Freshman Courtney Boe was selected as the Big South Freshman of the Year and also earned a spot on the all-conference team after recording two top 5 finishes and taking first place for the Chants in three different tournaments. Boe ended the regular season with a shooting average of 75.39.
She opened her collegiate career in style when she captured the individual crown at the Jacksonville University Lady Day Shootout to help the Chants win the team title. The Bluffton, S.C., native would later finish runner-up at the Palmetto Intercollegiate (Oct. 26) with an overall score of 214 (72-71-71), which included a career-low 71 in rounds two and three.
Boe is the seventh Chanticleer to be tabbed the Big South Freshman of the Year and the first since Felgueroso earned the distinction in 2007.
Chanticleer head coach Katie Quinney received Big South Coach of the Year accolades to become the fifth coach in school history to garner the award.
Quinney led the Chants to top 10 finishes in seven of the 10 tournaments in which they competed. Coastal Carolina won overall team titles at the Jacksonville University Labor Day Shootout and the UCF Challenge, while finishing runners-up at the Palmetto Intercollegiate and the Kinderlou Forest Challenge.
Coastal also earned the No. 1 seed at the Big South Women’s Golf Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting, which is hosted by Winthrop University at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C.
Coastal Carolina received the No. 1 seed based on its current Golfweek national ranking of 40, the highest among the nine Big South women’s golf programs. It is also the highest ranking for a Big South women’s golf team since former member Birmingham-Southern’s No. 35 ranking in 2006-07.
Junior Kaitlin Higginbotham was the third Chanticleer to be selected to the Big South All-Conference Team. Higginbotham owns a shooting average of 76.04 this season and turned in her best finish of the season when she tied for ninth at the Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate.
Senior Alicia Grier earned a spot on the Big South All-Academic Team to become the fifth member of the team to be recognized by the conference. Grier, who is currently enrolled in graduate school working on a master’s degree in business, earned her undergraduate degree from Coastal Carolina in finance and finished with a 3.73 GPA.
On the course, Grier posted her best finish of the season when she tied for ninth at the Jacksonville University Labor Day Shootout to help the Chants win the tournament. She also fired a career-low 69 in round second round of the Challenge at Onion Creek.